The Japanese have this saying that basically means, "You can do it! Good Luck! Work hard! Don't give up!" all in one. I love that saying and often say it to myself to keep motivated.
I first joined SP back in 2007 when I was living just outside of Tokyo and teaching at the largest language school in Japan. I was so determined and motivated to lose weight, and I did lose close to 70 pounds.
In retrospect it seems like it was so easy back then. The lifestyle there is so much different than here. The portions are smaller. The food is fresher. The food is healthier. The walking is endless. It was so wonderful to live there and have the experiences that I did.
I knew that when I came back home to the U.S. I wanted to be fit. I knew I would be seeing my husband (then just a friend with romantic interest who communicated with me everyday). I wanted him to find me irresistible, and he did.
Five years later and we are married. Five years later and I've done exactly what I told myself the day I boarded the plane to come home that I would not do: I let myself go. It is my pattern when it comes to relationships; I get so comfortable that I just don't care anymore.
As the years have gone by I have slowly forgotten most of the Japanese I learned while overseas for two years. But now that I am back on SP, and back on track with a healthy lifestyle, these words and phrases have started coming back to me.
One of those phrases is Gambatte (the phonetic spelling - it sounds like Gam Batt Ey). And now I say that word to myself often again.
When I don't want to go to the gym, but know I should, I hear the word in my head and it pushes me out the door. When I'm at the gym and I don't want to push myself, I hear the word and it makes me push harder. When I visualize the way I will look at my Mom's 60th birthday party, I hear the word in my mind . . .over and over again.
It's an important reminder of what I am capable of and the strength that I have. I went to Japan without knowing a single sole in 2006, and I left with many friends, a ton of teaching experience, and many wonderful prospects at my fingertips.
Just because I have gained my weight back, does not mean that all of that is gone.